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21 August 2018, 12:42

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Minsk-2

People’s Militia urges intl community to make Ukraine fulfil Minsk Agreements

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LUGANSK, August 21 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia is again urging the international community to make Ukraine fulfil the commitments it undertook in Minsk, in connection with the presence of Ukrainian forces and hardware in the Zolotoye disengagement area, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission reported on August 20 that Kiev forces had organised new positions in the Zolotoye disengagement area.

“We’ve been recording Ukrainian servicemen and hardware in Pervomaisk-Zolotoye disengagement area No 2 for a long time” Marochko said.

“It is a gross violation of Article 4 of the September 19, 2014 memorandum, Article 2 of the Package of Measures dated February 12, 2015, and Article 8 of the Framework Agreement dated September 20, 2016,” he said.

The fact of Ukraine’s ignoring its commitments is overlooked by the international communities and the EU guarantors of the implementation of the Minsk Agreements,” the spokesman said.

“In this connection, I wish to draw attention to these facts and call upon Ukraine to honour the commitments undertaken in Minsk because illegal actions do not contribute to peaceful conflict settlement,” Marochko said.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on September 21, 2016 initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoye (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on September 22 and 23, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area for more than 70 times.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 21 August — Lugansk